Geitz wins Liz Ellis Diamond
ALLORA goal-keeper Laura Geitz has established herself as an integral part of the world champion Australian team, so much so that she was crowned the Liz Ellis Diamond winner in Melbourne on Saturday.
The award is the highest individual honour in Australian netball and winning it caps a remarkable year for 24-year-old Geitz.
She was also named Australian ANZ Championship player of the year on Saturday night.
These individual accolades follow on from winning the ANZ Championship with the untouchable Queensland Firebirds and taking out the World Netball Championship with the Diamonds.
The Darling Downs talent was thrilled with the honours and paid tribute to the influence her parents, Allora residents Ross and Juanita, have had in her success.
"I can't even describe how I'm feeling. When they read out the four nominees I never expected to be in the running for the award but to win it is incredible," Geitz said.
"It's really special to have my mum here with me tonight ... she has been an instrumental part in my sport.
"I definitely wouldn't be here without her or my dad.
"It's just such a special award."
Adding to the reputation of the award, Ellis was also inducted into the Australian Netball Hall of Fame on Saturday night alongside Julie Francou.
Ellis is one of Australia's greatest defenders and it is fitting her award has gone to another defender in Geitz, following on from Mo'onia Gerrard in 2008 and Julie Corletto in 2009.
And while 2011 has been a remarkable year for Geitz, she is hungry for more success in 2012.